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All 37 Nipomo Restaurants

Jocko's Steak House

125 N Thompson Ave, Nipomo, CA 93444
805-929-3565
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Ranked #1 of 37 Restaurants in Nipomo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
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colorado
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Make a reservation, not the day of, but the day before, then still enjoy your wait with the variety of people in the bar: townies, ranchers, hippies, and tourists. The food is old-school, central coast rancher fare: meat, salt-baked potato, iceberg salad, pinquito beans, garlic bread, and relish dish. This perfect simplicity has been lost in "progress" by other local... More

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Marshall, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We ate at Jocko's on Sunday, 09/21/2014. We traveled out west from Virginia to California to visit relatives. My mom made the reservations and we said ok. Had read reviews previous to visit, so we knew not to expect much in the way of the décor. I ordered the large Spencer & my boyfriend ordered the pork chops. Man oh... More

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Birmingham, UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We had this place recommended as the best bbq spot in/around Santa Maria which was a stopover on a Pacific Coast Highway road trip. It was a Sunday night and we just arrived in town, so we had no reservation. Big mistake. We arrived around 19:15 and waited 1hr and 45 mins for a table!! If there were any other... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Although this restaurant seems very popular (i.e., those arriving without reservations on a weekday evening were told there was a 90 minute wait for a table), I would have to rate this establishment as average in all categories. We went there with friends and had a reservation for 10 people. On arriving with six, we were told we could not... More

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Sunol, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Probably one of the best steaks I've ever had (and I've had a few)! My husband used to go to the central coast area on business several years ago, and would return home raving about the steaks at Jocko's. When we found ourselves in the area this past weekend, we promptly made our reservations at Jocko's. Here is a definitely... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We went to Jockos earlier this month and had an even better meal than the first, if that is possible. All of us had Spencers (2 had small ones and 1 had large one) and they were wonderful. Our friend said it was the best she ever had. The "small" is about 14 oz and I had mine in 3... More

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Santa Maria, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The food, especially the steaks, are fantastic. If you go for dinner make reservations and be prepared to wait even after you arrive. They work on their own time table not yours and they don't care if you have a reservation so no use in complaining it well do you no good. Once seated the service is good and the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Ignore the noise and be prepared for the thickest, juiciest and tasty steak to be had anywhere. See Picture. I had the 14oz Spencer for $24 done to perfection Santa Maria style over an oak fire with a grill raised by a pulley system to insure proper cooking to my specifications. The 20oz is $30. Accompanied by Baked potato, Salsa,... More

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Fresno, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We went to Jocko's because we had heard so much about this place ... and we weren't disappointed. It's sort of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant off the beaten track, but the place is well known locally and was starting to fill up when we arrived. There is lots to choose from on the menu but this restaurant's claim to fame is... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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99 reviews 99 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This restaurant came highly recommended from the locals and it didn’t disappoint. Our party arrived a bit earlier than scheduled and the wait staff was friendly and helpful; however, be prepared to wait a bit even after your reservation. Thankfully our wait was only 15 minutes but talking with others, it appears it can run a bit more. It’s definitely... More

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